Title: All that’s Bright and Gone
Author: Eliza Nellums
Length: approx 250 pages
Publisher: Crooked Lane Publishers
Publication Date: December 2019
Genre: General Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
My rating: 4/5
The story is about 6 years old girl named Aoifa pronounced as EE – Fa. The story narrated from her perspective, is her quest to solve the mystery behind her elder Brother’s murder.
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC for reading and reviewing this wonderful book.
The story transports you to the world of a 6 year old innocent girl who is still grasping things based on the happenings around. It was a welcome change from reading the books from a grown up perspectives. Author has done a fabulous job of describing things the way a little child would. Though sometimes the actions portrayed pertained to the older version of the girl. The same can be ignored though.
The story is a bit slow paced with lots of details given for describing scenes, enabling reader to identify with the surroundings and imaging the scenes right in front of you. The pain of a six year old is beautifully portrayed when she’s away from her mother and missing her. It just takes your heart away.
The characterisation is great but depth is only in the main girls character. Her uncle Donny is an adorable character. The mystery of her friend Teddy whom only she can see is a surprising mystery solved in end.
The revelations towards the climax does leave your jaw dropped but a very satisfactory ending. The climax was totally unexpected and that’s what makes it a great read. The ending leaves you feeling full and happy.
I would recommend this book to everyone who wish to read something new. A great job by the writer.